The MCU will be releasing the first holiday special with the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. The Guardians are back once again with James Gunn firmly at the helm as he brings to life his dream project at the studio. The director tweeted about how he loved the Star Wars Holiday Special in the past and how he had been itching to do one of his own. It turns out though that’s not the only thing he wanted to do with the members of Guardians of the Galaxy.
A theory posted to Murphy’s Multiverse suggests that the upcoming special actually combines two of Gunn’s great desires for the group together, as Gunn had also put forward the idea to Marvel to do a Drax and Mantis spin-off. When Mantis was first introduced in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 it was clear that actress Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Dave Bautista (Drax) had great chemistry together. Bautista thought so too, speaking to Collider Extra back in 2020, he discussed how he would be up for his own spin-off, but that a series may be a little taxing.